Graduate Management News

July 2014

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

Read the latest news about programs from around the world.

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  • Kenan-Flagler to offer online version of MAC program. The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School to offer its Master of Accounting (MAC) Program in an online format. Called Accounting@UNC, the 15-month online program will use the same admissions standards, curriculum, faculty, and career management approach as the 12-month residential MAC program. The program will include a three-month internship; a required face-to-face immersion in Chapel Hill for orientation, leadership development and recruitment; and a second, optional immersion coinciding with the recruiting period when employers come to campus. Amy Wittmayer, who previously served as director of the MBA Career Management Center for the full-time MBA Program, becomes the new managing director of the MAC Program. Pending UNC General Administration approval, UNC Kenan-Flagler will launch Accounting@UNC in July 2015.
  • Currall to step down as UC Davis dean to explore new campus location. Steven Currall will step down as dean of the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management this fall to lead a group exploring a proposed “third UCD campus” in or around Sacramento. Currall said he will conclude his current duties effective October 1. Currall has served as the graduate school’s dean for five years. During that time, the school has received national recognition from various academic and business organizations. The proposed new campus will focus primarily on the study of food, agriculture, and nutrition.
  • New master’s in analytics program at Georgia State to focus on big data. Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business will offer a master of science in analytics (MS in Analytics) beginning in the fall of 2014. The 16-month, full-time program will be taught at Georgia State’s downtown campus and Buckhead Center. The college developed the program in response to escalating demand for professionals with the advanced skills required to model and manage so-called “big data” – large and complex volumes of information too great for traditional database management and processing tools. The Robinson MS in Analytics program is designed to prepare graduates for positions such as data scientist, quantitative marketing analyst, credit analyst, informatics professional, web analyst, social media engineer, and – ultimately – chief analytics officer.
  • Robinson College of Business appoints new dean. Richard D. Phillips, associate dean of Academic Initiatives and Innovation at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business since 2012, has been named dean of the college, effective July 1. Phillips succeeds H. Fenwick Huss, who resigned after 10 years as dean of the college. Huss is now the Willem Kooyker Dean of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York System. A risk management scholar, Phillips joined Robinson in 1994 as an assistant professor and became chair of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance in 2006. Under his leadership the department shifted from an insurance-centric focus to a broader study of risk dedicated to understanding, quantifying and developing strategies for managing risks faced by individuals, organizations and society. He has served on many college-wide initiatives, including as chair of the task force that laid the foundation for the college’s Vision 2020 strategic plan. Phillips, the CV Starr Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, holds a Ph.D. in insurance and finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the board of the American Risk and Insurance Association, is co-editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance and past president of the Risk Theory Society.